Study Questions: Week 1
- All of us are either going through, getting out of, or heading into a lifestorm. Where might you be?
- Lifestorms happen because of 3 reasons: 1)decisions you make, 2) decisions others make, or 3) simply because we live in a sinful world. Give examples of what each of these look like.
- Read Jonah 1:1-12
1. Why did Jonah find himself in a literal storm?
2. Have you ever found yourself in a lifestorm of your own doing, like Jonah’s? Share.
- Read Genesis 50:20-21
1. Who originally set in motion the storms that would define Joseph’s life?
2. Have you ever been thrown into a lifestorm that you didn’t create? Share.
- Read Job 1:6-22
1. Who caused Job’s lifestorms?
2. Can you sympathize with Job’s situation? Share.
- Read John 10:10
1. Discuss the differences between Jesus and the Thief.
- Read Romans 8:28-39
1. During your personal lifestorms, where do you look?
2. Do you feel separated from God during your struggles?
3. Share your feelings on the last passage?
- Pray for each other. Lean on each other as we seek God together, and trust that He is working all things out for our good!
Jonah 1: 1 – 4
The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
3 But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
4 Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.
Jonah 1: 12
“Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”
Genesis 50 : 20
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Job 1: 9 – 12
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedgearound him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.
Job 1: 22
22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Romans 8: 28 – 39
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.